Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Estate Sale Finds Part IV

Wow. This weekend was very kind to us. Natalie and I drove down to Waxahachie Saturday morning because Natalie saw that there was an estate sale just north of town. Unfortunately, it was just terrible.

So, a little bummed, we headed into downtown for lunch. We ate at the Chisholm Grill, which, as it turns out, was built in 1879.

Funny, because the whole time we were eating lunch I was trying to guess when exactly it was built-- the air conditioning was hanging just beneath the tin ceilings (late 1800s/early 1900s), the electrical wiring was all outside of the walls (which puts the building pre-1930's, by when most buildings came with electrical wiring).

Well, lunch was pretty delicious (we got the small portion cheeseburgers), so we wandered downtown for a few minutes and decided to head back home empty-handed.

Just before we got on the highway, Natalie decided she wanted to drive past her grandparent's old house in Ovilla, which is a few miles off of I35, about 30 minutes south of Dallas. So, we did, and I felt like a real creeper peering through the gate onto their old property.

A quick drive through downtown Ovilla (in which Walker, Texas Ranger has graced his presence for several episodes), and we were on our wait back home. BUT WAIT. I saw an estate sale sign on the side of the road. In the middle of nowhere. No, really. I mean it. The middle of nowhere. This was just meant to be.

Here we go.

Item: Rocking chair
Era: Manufactured in 1954 in Chicago. Natalie can't remember what company, but there was a label on it.
Favorite part: Grandma never, ever let anybody sit in it. It's in mint condition.
Price: $15

Item: Set of two bi-level (walnut?) end tables with inlaid wood design.
Era: Unknown. No markings. '60s?
Favorite part: They weigh about twice as much as I thought they would. Grandma also didn't let anybody put anything on these tables, so they are practically flawless.
Price: $50 for the set.

Item: Set of 2 table lamps. Wood with brass bands and tweed lamp shades.
Era: '60s
Favorite part: I don't know who decided lamps needed to be shaded by tweed, but I like them.
Price: $15 for the set

Item: Itsy-bitsy cutie lamp with glowing base
Era: '60s
Favorite part: It's itsy-bitsy and has a glowing base!
Price: $3. Yes, $3.

I'm going to have to split this into two different posts because we found so many awesome deals. I'll leave you with a full view of our "formal" living room. It looks pretty sweet so far, and our walls are still bare while we wait to paint before we hang anything up.



Tiffany said...

I love this room of yalls house! So comfy. :-)

Natalie at Chadwell Chonicles said...

Just FYI, when I was young, my grandparents' house/tool house were in the background of Walker Texas Ranger. We had a family viewing party at my grandparents house and they rewound the tape and played it in slow motion at least twice for us to see it. Haha.

Husband said...

Your end tables are made by Lane and are from the Acclaim series that they had. You can find out what year they were made by looking at the serial number on the bottom. It is the date written backwards, so if it says 660102, you would know that it was made on Jan. 2nd of 1966. Anyhow, I collect the stuff and refinish it which you can see on my blog...

Graham at Chadwell Chronicles said...

You know, I crawled under the tables a few minutes ago and the only markings are a stamped "845" in large print and a tag stapled on that has 6835/75 handwritten on it. Were there Lane imitations?

Justin Pocta said...

Haha, good post. I am scared about having sat in grandma's favorite chair! Also, I can't say it was much different than other posts, but it jumped out while reading "what proper punctuation and grammar!"

Victoria said...

What comments! It's a very nicely furnished formal room. I did notice that while punctuation was correct spelling wasn't (Ha Justin, I'm just OCD about typos). Congrats on the random estate sale finds though! I don't know if Natalie told you but I got a hold of the Universal Potteries book, out from Colorado public library. If you or her come to Denton soon, you can look it over! I have to return it by the first of December though, so be quick about it!

Fine Estate Sales said...

But Wait!

That's exactly how I react to seeing an estate sale, especially if its in the middle of nowhere...

Good Luck Finding Others...